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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2016 Longlist

The theme for Canada Reads 2016 is all about starting over.  "The show will feature books about transformation and second chances, stories of migrants, immigrants and others who are choosing - or forced - to make major changes in their lives."  Considering world events, this is a very appropriate theme.

The longlist of 15 novels was announced today:

Sitting Practice by Caroline Adderson
The Hero's Walk by Anita Rau Badami
Sweetland by Michael Crummey
The Illegal by Lawrence Hill
All the Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer
The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg
The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj
Niko by Dimitri Nasrallah
Bone and Bread by Saleema Nawaz
Landing Gear by Kate Pullinger
Buying on Time by Antanas Sileika
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Swamp Angel by Ethel Wilson
Minister Without Portfolio by Michael Winter

For more information about the books, check out

I've only read three of the titles:  The Hero's Walk, Sweetland (reviewed on November 18), and The Illegal (reviewed on September 19).  I loved all three!  I had best get to reading the rest.

The five finalists will be revealed on January 20 in preparation for the debates March 21 – 24, 2016.